Seasonal - Fall / Sides
Couscous with Butternut Squash, Apple, and Cranberry
Tools You'll Need
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Cutting Board
- Chef’s Knife
- Vegetable Peeler
- 2 Large Mixing Bowls
- Baking Sheet
- Medium Saucepan
- Wooden Spoon
- Small Mixing Bowl
- 1 cup butternut squash, cubed and roasted*
- 6 tablespoons olive oil (separated into 2 tablespoon portions)
- 2 cups Israeli couscous
- 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- ¼ cup parsley, chopped
- 1½ tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 medium granny smith apple, diced
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds (raw or roasted and unsalted)
- 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Zest of one orange
- 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
- 2 tablespoons pure honey
- Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350º.
Cut butternut squash
Cut butternut squash in half, carefully peel and remove seeds, and dice into 1-inch cubes.
Add olive oil and season with salt and pepper
Toss squash in a large mixing bowl with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
Place squash on a baking sheet, and roast in the oven for 30–45 minutes until squash is soft, but not mushy. Set aside. (You should be able to easily pierce with the tip of a sharp knife).
Heat olive oil in pan
While the squash is roasting, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat.
Add the couscous and cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon until sightly brown, about 3–5 minutes.
Add vegetable broth
Add the vegetable broth, and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the liquid has fully evaporated.
Toss in additional ingredients
Transfer the cooked couscous to a large bowl. Toss in parsley, rosemary, thyme, apple, dried cranberries, squash, and pumpkin seeds.
In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, orange zest, orange juice, honey, salt, and pepper. Slowly whisk in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until fully combined.
Pour and toss
Pour the vinaigrette over the couscous and toss to coat evenly.